What to Expect

What to Expect

You can expect us to work with you every step of the way, from diagnosis and treatment through recovery, rehabilitation and beyond.  

Our comprehensive nationally recognized orthopedic program treats medical conditions with the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Our skilled team of orthopedic doctors, nurses, and other health professionals work with you to create an individualized plan for your treatment and recovery, that is best suited to your needs.

Initial Evaluation

Before any decisions about your treatment take place, you will first see an orthopedic doctor who will review your medical history with you and give you a physical exam.

Your doctor will want to know how your condition has impacted your life to help determine the best treatment plan to meet your individual needs. X-rays and other diagnostic tests may be necessary to determine the cause and extent of your condition.

Deciding On Surgery

Our experienced, board-certified doctors have advanced training in reconstructive, trauma, and minimally invasive surgeries. Before deciding on surgery, you will have the opportunity to discuss your treatment options directly with your surgeon and develop a treatment plan, unique to your needs.

If you decide to move forward with surgery, your doctor will explain the type of surgery and what to expect during your recovery, including your expected length of stay in the hospital. Your doctor will also explain your discharge plan options, such as going home with help from family and friends, or staying for a period of time in a skilled nursing facility that focuses on rehabilitation.

Preparing For Surgery

Once your surgeon’s office lets you know the date and time of your surgery, just follow the steps below to get prepared:

  1. Get Lab Tests—If you’ve been asked by your doctor to go in for lab tests or to see your primary care doctor for medical clearance, please do so as soon as possible to prevent delays in your surgery.

  2. Pre-register For Your Surgery—You can pre-register online for your surgery. If you need help, please call (925) 941-3030.

  3. Pre-Admission Phone Call—A registered nurse (RN) will call you about two weeks prior to your surgery to review your medical and surgical history, as well as your current medication list.

  4. Pre-Admission Clinic—Scheduled about two weeks prior to your surgery, you can expect this appointment to last about an hour. Please bring the pill bottles for all the medications you are taking, as well as the names and phone numbers of all your doctors. For questions regarding this clinic, please call (925) 941-4058.

  5. Pre-Op Teaching Class—This one-hour class prepares you and your caregivers for knee, hip or spine surgery and recovery. It outlines what to expect during your hospital stay and beyond, including how to use equipment you’ll have after surgery, how to manage pain, how to get in and out of bed, exercises to perform at home, and more. This class can be taken any time after you’ve decided to have surgery.

    • To sign up at our Walnut Creek campus, call (925) 941-4058.

    • To sign up at our Concord campus, call (925) 674-2125.

  6. Visit With Your Surgeon—Just before your surgery date, you’ll visit with your surgeon. This is a good time to ask any last minute questions that you might have or share any changes to your health.

Surgery And Beyond

On the day of your surgery, your case manager will coordinate your care in the hospital and help to make plans for your recovery after the surgery. Compassionate nurses and other clinical specialists with specialized training in orthopedics will provide the individualized care, education, and support you need throughout the surgical process.

We may recommend rehabilitation for you after your surgery, either at a skilled nursing facility, at our inpatient rehabilitation unit, or in your home. Your case manager will go over your available options to help create a recovery program that fits your goals.

California Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR)

The California Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR) is a voluntary program that tracks the results of patients who undergo total hip and total knee replacements. Participation simply involves completing an email survey prior to your treatment, as well as six months after your surgery. You can then also choose to complete additional surveys once per year afterwards. We highly encourage you to participate in this registry to help improve the care of current and future patients.